Updated 03/14/2013 06:45 PM
Security changes could mean more pat downs
If you're flying out from the Elmira-Corning Regional Airport, you might notice a change in the way security officials are screening you. That's because more federal cuts have forced them to remove some of the newer technology. YNN's Katie Husband tells us for now they're bringing back the old way of doing things.
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BIG FLATS, N.Y. -- Just when airport officials were getting used to the new full body scanner, it was taken away at the beginning of March.
"We're kind of like the TSA's orphan child again. We're back with the old technology, which is the walk through metal detector," said Ann Crook, Elmira-Corning Regional Airport’s Director of Aviation.
The Elmira-Corning Regional Airport had the full body scanner for about a year, but federal cuts to the TSA takes the new scanners out of smaller airports and put them in the bigger airports. There's just not enough money to pay for the scanners in all airports bringing an end to a system that was working.
"It would sense things that people might have on their body, in between their body and their clothing and so it could find, you know, if you were trying to carry a weapon through the checkpoint or something like that," said Crook.
John Wood, who's originally from Montour Falls, now lives in California. He says the full body scanner does make going through the security check point much easier.
"Sometimes it goes off faster because they still have the full body scanners out in the Los Angeles area and they seem to detect things like handkerchiefs and other things in there that they want to check," said Wood.
With just the metal detector, the process could get a little slower.
"But it also means the possibility of more pat downs because if you do have, like I said, any sort of medical implant or something like that will cause this machine to alarm so then the agents will have to check that out and make sure there are no threats going through," said Crook.
Passengers tell us that they don't feel weary going through the older detector because they say the Transportation Security Administration workers know what they're looking for.
"I think there's enough protection with the scanners that they have now because they have ways of checking and things are sufficient," said Wood.
Crook says this is another way the TSA is taking a risk based approach to airport security throughout the country.